New Duvet-Up Declare Filed In opposition to Los Angeles Sheriff Villanueva

A former sheriff assistant claims Sheriff Alex Villanueva lied about his involvement within the cover-up of a leaked deputy use-of-force video.

Robin Limon, who used to be an assistant sheriff on the time of the March 2021 incident says that Villanueva blamed her for the alleged cover-up. Her felony declare states that she, along Villanueva, watched the DVD video of a deputy kneeling on a cuffed inmate’s neck.

Villanueva had mentioned that he didn’t know of the incident till 8 months after it befell, however the declare states that Villanueva mentioned it “would glance unhealthy” if the video used to be made public.

“Villanueva demanded and compelled Assistant Sheriff Limon to choose from two toxic choices: retire or be demoted 4 ranks, to lieutenant,” The declare reads. “The explanations for the Sheriff’s misconduct had been twofold, to retaliate in opposition to the Complainant for being a whistleblower on a number of cases of unlawful and different wrongful behavior and to additional his disguise up of an over the top use of pressure incident.”

Commander Allen Castellano used to be named as the primary “whistleblower” for this incident, for which the declare says Villanueva retaliated as neatly.

“This simply helps to keep getting worse,” Manager Janice Hahn mentioned on Thursday. “It kind of feels the Sheriff did see the video of his deputies kneeling on a handcuffed guy’s neck quickly after it came about, attempted to hide it up, retaliated in opposition to his personal workers, and intimidated a reporter who introduced the reality to gentle.”

The video used to be at first proven via the Los Angeles Occasions and in a press briefing, Villanueva mentioned the robbery and distribution of the video is these days underneath investigation.

“We don’t have time for this interior, ‘Let me see if we will blow up the Sheriff’s one way or the other,’ nonsense,” Villanueva mentioned all over a press briefing associated with the incident. “Now we have severe problems to deal with in the market… on best of that we have got this circus that’s totally orchestrated for political functions, most effective.”

All over the click convention, Villanueva singled out Los Angeles Occasions reporter Alene Tchekmedyian, posting her picture in his presentation and later announcing that “all events to the act are topic to investigation.”

Updated: April 29, 2022 — 7:02 am